Paul Holland

Vice Dean and Associate Professor of Law
Curriculum Vitae


Sullivan Hall 210
(206) 398-4135


B.A., cum laude, Harvard University, 1988
J.D., magna cum laude, New York University, 1991
LL.M., Georgetown University, 1996


Youth Advocacy Clinic


Youth Advocacy Clinic (ADVC-310-A)


Paul Holland joined the faculty in 2004 to teach in the Youth Advocacy Clinic. He served as Director of the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic from 2006 through 2009, managing the expansion of the clinic's programs in domestic violence, immigration, international human rights, and community development. From 2009 through 2014, he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

He continues to teach in the Youth Advocacy Clinic and has remained active in the field of juvenile justice as a scholar and policymaker. His article, Schooling Miranda: Policing Interrogation in The Twenty-First Century Schoolhouse, published in the Loyola Law Review, was cited in several briefs submitted to the Supreme Court in the 2011 case of J.D.B. v. North Carolina. He served on the Washington Governor's Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee from 2005-2009, serving the final year as Chair. In 2014, he was appointed as one of the inaugural members of the King County Public Defense Advisory Board.

Before joining the Seattle University faculty, Professor Holland taught in clinics at Georgetown University Law Center (1994-99), Loyola University (Chicago) School of Law (1999-2001), and University of Michigan Law School (2001-04). He has been an active member of the national clinical teaching community throughout his career. His 2009 article, Sharing Stories: Narrative Lawyering in Bench Trials, examines fundamental notions of modern lawyering theory in the context of bench trials. His 2011 article, Lawyering and Learning in Problem-Solving Courts, extends this inquiry further, looking at the challenges of clinical teaching in one of the fastest-growing modern American judicial innovations.

Recent Activity

In the News

King County prosecutors help cut 'breathtaking' prison sentence

March 26, 2019 | KUOW

This story profiles a woman whose sentence was cut in half with help from Vice Dean Paul Holland and his clinic students.

After rocky process, King County confirms head of public defense

November 05, 2018 | Crosscut

Vice Dean Paul Holland says Anita Khandelwal "dazzled" in her job interview.

Youth jail opponent nominated as permanent head of public defense

October 03, 2018 | Crosscut

Vice Dean Paul Holland says public defenders should be able to speak up on civic issues.

King County's top public defender resigns after Dow Constantine won't reappoint her

July 06, 2018 | The Seattle Times

Vice Dean Paul Holland says the advisory board he chairs had heard some concerns but wasn't able to investigate.